AAHPO’s Medical Mission was launched in July 2011 when a group of 20 physicians, dentists and nurses visited clinics in rural Armenia while they attended the Armenian Medical Congress in Yerevan. The next Medical Mission of 2014 focused on recognizing and treating thyroid disease.
Consecutively since 2015 (and only interrupted by the worldwide pandemic of 2020), the AAHPO Medical Mission has worked with Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR) and/or Children of Armenia Fund (COAF) to facilitate its medical missions. Using their vast infrastructure and connections to local polyclinics and hospitals has allowed our AAHPO Medical Mission Volunteers the ability to gain access to rural areas where people sadly still have no or limited access to medical, dental, or eye care.
Since 2015 the Medical Mission outreach has volunteered in several villages in different Marzes (provinces), including Yerevan, Armavir, Alaverdi (Lori), Panik (Shirak), Berd (Tavush),and Artzakh. The AAHPO Medical Missions are extremely rewarding as they allow our AAHPO volunteers to work directly with healthcare practitioners in Armenia, transferring knowledge and connecting on a personal level, creating friendships which last for years. Our volunteers pay their own way and often take their own supplies or donations, taking time off from their practices but it is truly a life-changing experience.